Water Shortage Orders
Water Shortage Orders have been issued for parts of the South Florida Water Management District.
- An Order on Landscape Irrigation Amid Dry Conditions (2020-008-DAO-WS) requesting irrigation conservation measures was issued on April 18, 2020 affecting all irrigation users in the District’s geographic boundaries (all or part of 16 counties). Click HERE for more information.
- An Order was issued on April 22nd, 2020 (2020-012-DAO-WS), calling for new/additional restrictions on irrigation in Lee County (effective on April 25th, 2020); click HERE for more.
A Water shortage is a temporary declaration made by the Governing Board or the Executive Director of the Water Management District when water conditions in parts or all of the District are deemed insufficient to meet the present and anticipated needs of residents and other water users. Such a declaration is made to help reduce impacts to our water resources. A water shortage usually occurs due to drought and is rescinded once wetter conditions return to the affected areas.
A Water Shortage Emergency is a second type of temporary declaration made by the Governing Board or the Executive Director of the Water Management District. This declaration is made when the District determines water shortage provisions are not sufficient to protect the welfare of the general public, permitted water users or the environment. Typically, the restrictions on water use are more limiting than under a water shortage declaration.
Declaration of a water shortage condition and/or water shortage emergency within any specific area by the Governing Board or Executive Director of the District supersedes the District's Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule and any local landscape watering ordinance for the duration of the declaration. For more information on the District's Year-Round Landscape Irrigation Rule, click HERE.